Five films to catch at the 21st annual Aspen Film Academy Screenings

3. A Royal Affair

Danish history might not be particularly well-known on this continent but but that doesn't seem to matter with this film. It tells the story of a love and power triangle between Princess Caroline Matilda, King Christian VI and Johann Struensee, the King's royal physician and chief adviser. The princess's affair with Struensee leads her to push reforms that conflict directly with the king's conservative governing council. Love, politics and social reform intertwine in this film, nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

2. Amour

The routine of married 80-eighty-year-old musicians is changed when one of them suffers from a stroke. In reaction, they both retreat from the world, not even allowing their daughter to visit them. The painful and enduring love story starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva has already won director Michael Haneke -- who also directed The White Ribbon -- his second Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and is nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

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